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Plan for 1GW solar Park in Jujuy, Argentina
29 May 2017 at 7:30am
The Argentinian province of Jujuy plans to install a solar PV project that has the potential to generate up to 1GW of power in the Susques department, according to Argentinian state news portal Telam.

Nevada passes bill to increase state RPS to 80% by 2040
26 May 2017 at 5:11pm
On Wednesday, the Nevada Assembly passed a bill that ramps up the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

Hanwha Q CELLS changing sales strategy due to near-term industry uncertainties
26 May 2017 at 5:03pm
‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Hanwha Q CELLS said its key strategic focus was to diversify its regional and market segment sales in 2017, while reiterating full-year PV module shipment guidance to be in the range of 5.5GW to 5.7GW in 2017.

Ivory Coast to install 25MW PV plant
26 May 2017 at 1:49pm
The Ivory Coast plans to build a 25MW solar PV plant in the north of the country in Benguébougou, Korhogo, which will be one of the first solar plants in the country.

Coal cancellations and PV records mark India’s energy transformation
26 May 2017 at 1:23pm
At least 13.7GW of planned coal-fired power plants have been cancelled in India this month, while solar prices have tumbled to new lows, showing that India’s energy transformation is in full swing, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

Time for solar to step up to cyber threat
26 May 2017 at 1:18pm
The ransomware attack earlier this month brought global attention to the scale and sophistication that cybercrime can unleash. Amaranto Asset Management's Stefano Salerno tells PV Tech why it's time for the industry to take the problem seriously.

ARENA backs rooftop solar blockchain pilot in Australia
26 May 2017 at 12:29pm
Australia’s Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is backing the trialing of a new blockchain technology that could enable households and businesses to trade or share power with each other.

Southern region to lead India in grid integration of renewable energy - Bridge to India
26 May 2017 at 11:07am
Consultancy firm Bridge to India explains how southern India represents a test case for grid integration of variable renewable energy, accounting for 45% of the country’s total wind and solar power capacity.

Movers & Shakers: Enel Green Power, SEIA, GRID Alternatives, Array Technologies, Nevada PUC
26 May 2017 at 10:50am
This week's Movers & Shakers covers both expansions into new territories and new business ventures. A long-term member of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission resigns, while the SEIA gains two new board members. Also, GRID Alternatives and Washington DC launch a new solar training programme for low-income residents.

SB Energy completes 32.3MW PV project in Japan
26 May 2017 at 3:30am
SB Energy — a subsidiary of Softbank — announced that its 32.3MW PV project in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan has been completed and is ready to ramp up operations.

Octopus Energy Investments closes US$67.3 million refinancing on French PV portfolio
26 May 2017 at 1:15am
Octopus Energy Investments announced that it has refinanced a 17.4MW portfolio of solar assets in France. The total deal value is tabbed at US$67.3 million and is structured as a fully amortizing 14-year loan.

SolarWorld Americas becomes co-petitioner in the Section 201 trade case
25 May 2017 at 7:05pm
SolarWorld Americas the US solar manufacturing subsidiary of bankrupt SolarWorld AG said it had joined bankrupt US solar module producer, Suniva as co-petitioner in the Section 201 trade case under investigation with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

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Large-scale storage systems at ees Europe 2017
16 May 2017 at 9:03pm
With their capacity to uncouple the generation of clean power from consumption and ease the burden on grids, large-scale storage systems will play a central role in the energy supply of the future. This is because they allow flexible coordination of energy supply and demand. From May 31–June 2, 2017 in Munich, ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, offers an overview of the versatile applications for large-scale storage systems.

SolarWorld Americas Inc. maintains full operations amid Parent’s Insolvency
15 May 2017 at 6:28pm
After the insolvency of the German SolarWorld AG the American daughter SolarWorld Americas Inc. announces:„SolarWorld Americas Inc., based in Hillsboro, Ore., is operating as usual and maintaining full operations as it produces and sells its market-leading solar technology.“

Manz AG completes sale of Manz CIGS Technology GmbH for EUR 50 million
10 May 2017 at 10:43am
Manz AG, a globally active high-tech equipment manufacturer with a comprehensive technology portfolio in its three strategic business units Solar, Electronics, and Energy Storage, has received the purchase price of EUR 50 million for its subsidiary, Manz CIGS Technology GmbH.

ee2017: Efficiency, safety and large-scale storage systems
8 May 2017 at 2:21pm

UNEP-Atlas shows energy potential of Africa
8 May 2017 at 2:14pm
A new Atlas shows the energy potential of Africa and the opportunities for investment to meet Africa’s energy needs.

Beyond levelised cost of electricity from Photovoltaics
14 May 2017 at 1:30pm
A new report by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) identifies what makes Photovoltaics electricity truly competitive.

NREL Scientists and Engineers Recognized for Top Innovations
4 May 2017 at 9:21pm
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recognized its innovation and partnering successes and honored the scientists and engineers behind them at the lab's annual Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony.

Finalists announced for the solar industry innovation prize 2017
4 May 2017 at 9:06pm
The Intersolar AWARD is celebrating its 10th anniversary: The award honors pioneering products and solutions in the solar industry for the 10th time running. Once again, attendees submitted impressive innovations in the Photovoltaics and Outstanding Solar Projects categories this year. For the first time, submissions were accepted for the topic of Smart Renewable Energy. The panel of judges has now announced the finalists. The winner of this renowned industry award will be selected from these finalists on May 31, 2017 at Intersolar Europe.

New models for more accurate weather and energy forecasts
4 May 2017 at 8:56pm
Storm or calm, dark clouds or blue skies - wind turbines and photovoltaic systems supply more or less energy to the grid depending on weather conditions. A big challenge for transmission grid operators is having to forecast the amount of supplied energy as accurately as possible in order to maintain a stable grid. Fraunhofer IWES in Kassel, together with the German Meteorological Service (DWD) in Offenbach, has thus developed mathematical models as part of the EWeLiNE project, which enables significantly improved predictions than the traditional procedure. The partners have now completed the BMWi sponsored project which started at the end 2012.

NREL works with small businesses to push innovations
3 May 2017 at 1:00pm
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate with 14 companies to address their critical technology challenges under the third round of DOE's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) program.

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